So What Do We Make Of This?

Speaking, of course, about President Obama’s Easter prayer breakfast remarks to a group of clergy…

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I’m supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned,” he said. “But that’s a topic for another day.”

Two potential inferences, among others, can be made here.

One is the amazing level of narcissism and insecurity on display. When a normal person says that as a Christian he’s supposed to love and he listens to things he doesn’t like, he’ll say that he’s challenged to maintain that standard. That’s what’s known as humility, and honesty. You acknowledge that you’re a sinner and that only God’s grace and the Holy Spirit can move you beyond your human frailties and petty concerns.

You don’t say that you’re “concerned” about the lack of Christian love. You address that by quoting the words of Jesus on the cross – “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”

Which Obama can’t do. He can’t allow criticism to roll off his back like you would expect someone serving two terms as president to do.

Which leads us to the second inference we make here. Namely, that Obama doesn’t seem to have much in the way of love for those who disagree with him when he speaks in public, what does he say about them behind closed doors?

Now, Obama does come back to his prepared speech which does contain the words about humility and turning the other cheek one would expect at a Christian Easter prayer breakfast. But it’s clear how he really feels – when he goes off script that’s when he’s speaking from the heart, and he desperately wants to bitch about the “less-than-loving.”

And in a speech containing no reference to the oppressed and brutalized Christians across the globe, and no reference to the growing tension between the secular culture and religious freedom, which of course Obama has exacerbated more than any leader in American history, it is noteworthy that Obama would go off script to complain about Christians who say mean things.

It’s not that Obama is a Muslim. He isn’t. Obama is a product of that secular culture, and his hostility isn’t just to the “less-than-loving” Christians; it’s to traditional America as a whole. We’ll be lucky if we aren’t consumed by that hostility.

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